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The Catcher in the Rye

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on 3 May 2010

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Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye Plot The plot of the story follows a young man, Holden Caulfield, who is 16 years old. Holden is in a mental institution currently and is telling his story through flashbacks leading up to his emotional breakdown. He begins in Agerstown Pennsylvania where he goes to school at Pency Prep. Holden gets expelled from the school and eventually finds himself in Manhattan New York, leaving during winter without telling his parents. Throughout the book, Holden finds himself a misfit and he thinks the only one who can relate to him is his sister, pheobe. The main conflict in the book is the one Holden has with himself. He constantly finds that everyone around him is "phony " to his eyes and he cannot cope with life or the people around him. Eventually through it all he comes back home to his parents and is sent to a mental hospital. By: J.D. Salinger Characters Holden Caulfield - The protagonist in the story who cannot conform to the society which he lives or with himself.
Phobe Caulfield - Holdens younger sister who is the only person in the book that understands him.
D.B. Caulfield: Holden's brother who who is now in hollywood.

Allie Caulfield: Holden's younger brother who died of lukemia.

Ward Stradlater: Holden's roommate at Pency who Holden strongly dislikes.

Robert Ackley: Holden's dirty dorm mate at Pency and is lso disreguarded by other students as well.

-Jane Gallagher: Holden's great love and almost girlfriend. Holden did not view her as a phony, perhaps because he knew her when she was younger. He was very upset that she was to go out with Stradlater. He believed Stradlater would make her a phony too.

-Mr. Spencer: Holden's history teacher at Pency Prep school. Holden visited him just before he left for Manhattan.

-Sally Hayes: Holden's attractive ex-girlfriend. He goes on a date with her while he is in Manhattan. This is most likely to illustrate to himself that he was able to carry on an adult relationship. It is obvious, though, that he is not.

-Two Nuns: Holden meets these two at the train station where they are collecting money. Holden decides that they are only the only adults that have not become phony and therefore can retain their innocence.

- Ernie: Owner and piano player at the Wicker Bar. He was friendly with Holden's older brother, D.B., and is a perfect example of a phony.

-Sunny: A prostitute that Holden hires. While in his room, Holden just talks to her, as he is uncomfortable with the idea of sexual intercourse with her.

-Maurice: Sunny's pimp, who also runs the elevator at the hotel Holden was staying in. He takes advantage of Holden's immaturity to con him out of his money.

-Mr. Antolini: Holden's teacher at Elkton Hills. Holden visited him while in Manhattan and stayed at his apartment. (There he made sexual advances on Holden.)


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